President Trump continues to weigh the option of declaring a national emergency in order to have the military build the wall at the southern border.
Vice President Pence on Tuesday doubled down on the White House’s demand for funding for a border wall, asserting that the Trump administration "will not be deterred" by what he characterized as "Democrats' obstruction."
“Even as we face a crisis on our southern border, and as 800,000 federal workers go without paychecks, Democrats in Congress have been unwilling to seriously discuss even partial wall funding. President Trump and our administration will not be deterred by the Democrats' obstruction. The American people want to see action, and we intend to deliver,” Pence wrote in an op-ed published by USA Today.
Pence urged Democrats to return to the negotiating table to end the partial government shutdown, which entered its 25th day on Tuesday, but did not suggest there would be any wiggle room on the White House’s immigration stance.
“It’s time for Democrats in Congress to do their job, negotiate in good faith, and reach an agreement that ends the humanitarian and security crisis at our border and reopens the government. The American people deserve nothing less,” Pence wrote.